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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: February 16, 2021 02:09 PM
From: Representative Michael J. Driscoll
To: All House members
Subject: Serial Numbers for Untraceable Firearms
Under current law, a teenager in Pennsylvania can go to a gun show, purchase D.I.Y. gun parts without showing identification, build a gun with those parts, and distribute it throughout the surrounding communities or worse, use it to a commit crime. Created with parts that are untraceable, those who are not legally unable to buy guns can purchase them without a background check or a way for law enforcement to track them if they are used in a crime.

My bill seeks to halt the flow of these potentially fatal illegal guns into our communities by establishing a system through which untraceable firearms will become traceable. Under my bill, individuals with D.I.Y. firearms would be required to obtain a serial number or other identifying mark from a licensed firearms dealer and affix it to the firearm. It would also prohibit the possession, use, control, sale, delivery, transfer, manufacture, marketing, and advertisement of D.I.Y. semiautomatic weapons.

As elected officials, we must continue to take steps to keep our children and communities safe from the ever-looming threat of untraceable firearms.  Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.

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Introduced as HB1315